Boyle County Detention Center via AP
This undated photo provided by the Boyle County Detention Center shows Kenneth Keith.
A Baptist pastor was charged Wednesday in connection to a September triple homicide at a Kentucky pawn shop he once owned, according to police — just two weeks after he reportedly attended a funeral for two of the victims, consoling their family and friends.
Kenneth A. Keith, 48, the pastor at Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside, Ky., allegedly shot and killed gold-buying store proprietors Michael and Angela Hockensmith, and a customer, Daniel P. Smith, on Sept. 20.
And just days later, Keith paid his respects at a Sept. 24 funeral service for the slain couple, who left behind a 9-year-old son and a 14-month old daughter. He offered his condolences to the devastated mourners, showing no sign that he perpetrated what authorities say was an act of cold-blooded violence, relatives said.
For the kin of the victims still reeling from the slayings, the allegations against Keith are like a punch in the gut — with his sympathy call adding insult to irrevocable injury.
“To find that out, it made me sick,” Michael’s brother, Tony, told the Associated Press on Thursday.
Keith was a longtime friend of the Hockensmiths, according to local reports.
Michael Hockensmith, 34, was a youth pastor at another Baptist church and had managed the store for Keith before he and Angela, 38, assumed part ownership, according to NBC News affiliate WAVE 3 in Louisville.